SUSSEX COUNTY

County Offices
One Spring Street
Newton 973-579-0250
www.sussex.nj.us

Chamber of Commerce
120 Hampton House Road
Newton 973-579-1811
www.sussexcountychamber.org

Major Highways
Routes 206, 15, 23, 94, 517

Lush rolling hills and vast open spaces, rustic farms, pristine lakes, and vast acres of woodlands create a tapestry of natural beauty in Sussex County. This panoramic region harmonizes tranquil lake communities that feature year-round homes and summer cottages with serene communities dotted with Victorian and colonial charm. Most of the area’s sprawling rural townships are experiencing a burst of modern housing developments and corporate expansions. Newcomers to Sussex County will find it easy to locate a home, a neighborhood, and a community that suits their unique lifestyle.

Sussex County integrates a large percentage of active farmland with residential and undeveloped areas. The finest fruits, vegetables, and wines on today’s market can be found in the fertile soil and lush environment of Sussex County. Historic sites, spectacular resorts, and well-stocked lakes are just a few of the attractions that draw tourist dollars each year. Business and industry have also discovered the benefits of Sussex County living in recent decades. Many of the region’s communities are enjoying economic growth, particularly those that offer the most ideal access to major regional highways.

 

Services
Excellence in all aspects of education for students of all ages is a high priority in Sussex County, where quality public schools combine with opportunities for private education. In addition to vocation and career training centers, the county offers higher education programs close to home on the campus of Sussex County Community College. Located in Newton, the college serves as a valuable community resource with innovative programs like “Kids on Campus.” The college provides a wide range of programs and extensive course offerings for college-track, career and vocational, and personal development. Institutions of higher education are abundant throughout Northern New Jersey, providing a selection of respected private colleges and public universities within a reasonable commute.

New residents in Sussex County will discover an impressive network of healthcare services and facilities that are anchored by Newton Memorial Hospital and St. Clare’s Hospital Sussex. The latter provides a comprehensive range of medical and surgical services close to home. Newton Memorial Hospital in Newton is a 165-bed nonprofit regional medical center with a wide array of pediatric and adult medical and surgical services as well as other specialized centers. Throughout the region, skilled professionals carry on private practices or work in association with others in groups and clinics to meet every need close to home. Long-term care, rehabilitation, therapies, women’s wellness centers, public health screenings, immunization clinics, cancer and heart-care centers, emergency care, and same-day surgery centers are among the supportive services available in or near Sussex County.

 

Lifestyle
In a word, Sussex County living is more relaxed — a decidedly slower pace than can be found in many of the surrounding urban centers of Northern New Jersey. Mountains beckon the skiers, scenic byways encourage bicycle enthusiasts, blue skies capture the imagination of air-balloon adventurers, and miles of trails await equestrians. Acres of parks complement vast acres of wilderness and natural preserves to the delight of hikers, hunters, angler, campers, bird-watchers, and photographers. Few areas of the nation can boast recreational highlights like the Great Gorge or Vernon Valley resort areas. One of the most popular vacation resorts as well as a growing residential community, Vernon harmonize charming villages with restored farm houses and newer homes. Easy commuting to regional employment centers has encouraged growth in these “vacation communities,” adding contemporary subdivisions and country homes to the mix of beautiful older properties.

Newcomers have been increasingly drawn to picturesque Sussex County for the abundance and quality of available land, charming historic homes, inexhaustible recreational resources, and the tranquility of its smaller and more intimate communities. Regardless of the lifestyle that represents your dream, Sussex County has an idyllic setting for a family home, a retirement haven, or an upscale country estate. Many businesses and corporations have followed the booming residential development drawn to this panoramic area.

Although Sussex County already offers an excellent quality of life and highly developed services and amenities, the phrase “room to grow” could not be more appropriate. Stillwater Township, for example, is a primarily undeveloped area of fields, lakes, and forests that offers easy access to Interstate 80. Walpack, another sparsely populated township, is also being absorbed into the spectacular Delaware Water Gap Recreational Area. Considering the vast open space, rustic beauty, close proximity to major urban amenities, and pleasing mix of housing options in Sussex County, this region is unrivaled as a comfortable and beautiful place to call home.

 

Byram
Municipal Offices
Byram 973-347-2500
www.byramtwp.org

Chamber of Commerce
Newton 973-579-1811
www.sussexcountychamber.org

Widely known as the “Township of Lakes,” panoramic Byram Township features more than two dozen picturesque lakes and ponds for a water-rich environment. Several lakefront communities have sprung up, offering homes that command spectacular views. Once a summer haven for vacationers, the township is a rapidly growing community with a strong appeal for newcomers. Commercial businesses are clustered in some areas, particularly along Route 206. This area encompasses Waterloo Village, a restored 18th-century village that is widely recognized for its fine crafts, antique festivals, and special events. Charming older homes harmonize with new construction for a full complement of housing, and recreational amenities are exceptional. Transportation efficiencies include access to Interstate 80 and Route 206, bus service to New York City, and commuter train service from Stanhope.

 

Frankford
Municipal Offices
Frankford 973-948-5566
http://frankfordtownship.org/

Chamber of Commerce
Newton 973-579-1811
www.sussexcountychamber.org

Geographically located in the center of Sussex County, Frankford Township offers another beautiful area for residential development. Culver Lake and Lake Owassa, two natural lakes nestled below the Kittatinny Mountain, form the border on the north. The bustling intersection of Routes 206, 15, and 565 commands mountain views from the southern entrance of the township. Culver Lake features the historic Culver Lake Inn, and Frankford is also home to the New Jersey Cardinals minor baseball league. Complementing the outstanding natural recreational areas, competitive sports are features at Skyland Park Arena. Other regional attractions include festivities and annual events including the widely attended Farm and Horse Show. Local shopping facilities are enhanced by the shops of nearby Newton, and commuter bus to New York City is available close to home.

 

Franklin
Municipal Offices
Franklin 973-827-9280
www.franklinborough.org

Chamber of Commerce
Newton 973-579-1811
www.sussexcountychamber.org

Blending commercial, retail, office, and residential development, Franklin Borough offers a vital and progressive community. Commercial development is largely clustered along the Route 23 corridor, stimulating the local economy and providing opportunities for employment close to home. Although Franklin provides a small-town ambiance with tranquil residential neighborhoods, outstanding cultural and entertainment attractions are available close to home. Locally, the world-famous Franklin Mineral Museum attracts visitors to exceptional displays and exhibits. Transportation efficiencies are ensured by Route 517 to Routes 15 and 23, which provide additional links to major regional highways. Recreational amenities include lush parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, league sports, tennis courts, a senior center, a golf course, and a swimming pond.

 

Fredon
Municipal Offices
Fredon 973-383-7025
www.twp.fredon.nj.us

Chamber of Commerce
Newton 973-579-1811
www.sussexcountychamber.org

The lovely rural township of Fredon has maintained its rustic appeal with three-acre minimum lot sizes for residential development. Planners are dedicated to controlling future growth, which is already evident in the rapid expansion of commercial and residential development along the Route 206 corridor. In the charming historic Yellow Frame area, visitors and residents alike enjoy shopping in delightfully rustic country stores and specialty shops that stand as a living reminder of the area’s colorful past. Many of the orchards that were developed in the 1800s and 1900s still remain, the most famous being Windy Brow. Transportation efficiencies include Route 94 and Route 206 as well as bus service to New York City. Recreational amenities are crowned by the 90-acre Lodestar Park. The scenic Whittingham Tract, a portion of the New Jersey Fish, Game & Wildlife territories, is also nearby.

 

Hardyston, Hamburg
Municipal Offices
Hardyston 973-823-7020
www.hardyston.com
Hamburg 973-827-9230
www.hamburgnj.org

Chamber of Commerce
Newton 973-579-1811
www.sussexcountychamber.org

Ideally located in the northwestern corner of New Jersey, Hardyston serves as the “Gateway to Sussex County.” Two state highways traverse the town and connect with Interstates 84 and 80, which offer direct links to Interstate 287, the New Jersey Turnpike, and the Garden State Parkway. Additional commuter transportation is available through New Jersey Transit bus service with park-and-ride centers in nearby towns. Shaped like a horseshoe, the township features tracts of undeveloped land for industrial, commercial, and residential development. Several lake communities harmonize year-round homes with vacation and summer cottages. Hamburg Borough gained a reputation in its early history as “The Children’s Town,” crowned by a family attraction known as the Gingerbread Castle. Handsome multi-family developments have attracted many newcomers in more recent years. Abundant developed recreational facilities combine with water sports and lakefront activities for quality leisure hours.

 

Hopatcong
Municipal Offices
Hopatcong 973-770-1200
www.hopatcong.org

Chamber of Commerce
Newton 973-579-1811
www.sussexcountychamber.org

Still a favored destination for summer visitors, Hopatcong Borough has matured and evolved into a desirable year-round community. The state’s largest lake ensures residents of ample opportunities for boating and water sports against the backdrop of a wooded shoreline. Because this area grew up catering to visitors, many popular restaurants and night spots are available for evening entertainment. Housing options include a number of former summer cottages that have been converted to attractive year-round homes. Local shopping facilities are expanded by the sprawling Rockaway Townsquare Mall. Transportation efficiencies include Route 206 and access to Interstate 80 as well as local bus and taxi service. Hopatcong State Park crowns the recreational amenities that include an ice-skating rink, athletic fields, and private sports clubs.

 

Newton, Andover
Municipal Offices
Andover Borough 973-786-6688
www.andoverboroughnj.org
Andover Township 973-383-4280
www.andovertwp.org
Newton 973-383-3521
www.newtontownhall.com

Chamber of Commerce
Newton 973-579-1811
www.sussexcountychamber.org

Approximately 60 miles northeast of New York City and 70 miles north of Trenton, the town of Newton is nestled in the beautiful Skylands Region. The community has long served as a vital marketplace for surrounding rural communities and offers a campus for Sussex County Community College. Widespread revitalization has enhanced the historic charm of this vital residential and commercial center. Lovely Andover Township preserves a rural setting with picturesque lakes and outstanding recreational amenities including panoramic golf courses. The township excels in providing a friendly, small-town atmosphere and remains one of the most popular and desirable of Northern New Jersey communities. Antique treasures in true Victorian style add to the charm. Acres of lush state parks, golf courses, farms, lakes, and ponds grace the area. Transportation efficiencies include highway access and bus service to New York City from Newton.

 

Ogdensburg
Municipal Offices
Ogdensburg 973-827-3444
www.ogdensburgnj.org

Chamber of Commerce
Newton 973-579-1811
www.sussexcountychamber.org

Although it was zinc that first spurred the development of Ogdensburg, the community’s close proximity to major highways is a prime attraction for modern development. The borough is served by the cluster of small businesses and stores along the revitalized Main Street corridor. Generous parcels of land designated for multi-family developments and abundant land for single-family homes has encouraged residential growth. Mindful of its past, historic Ogdensburg offers tours through the old zinc mine shafts and associated museum. Local shopping meets the daily needs for goods and services, although nearby Newton expands those amenities. Transportation efficiencies are provided by Route 517 to Routes 15 and 23, which offer connections to regional highways. Bus service is available to New York City. Recreational amenities close to home include parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, league sports, tennis courts, a swimming pond, a senior center, and a golf course.

 

Sparta
Municipal Offices
Sparta 973-729-4493
www.spartanj.org

Chamber of Commerce
Newton 973-579-1811
www.sussexcountychamber.org

Harmonizing sparkling lakes and scenic mountain views with picturesque farmland, Sparta Township offers a residential community that is rich in amenities. Elevations in the township reach 1,200 feet for a natural variety of home settings, and many private lake communities have sprung up throughout the township. One of the largest of these enclaves is Lake Mohawk, whose boardwalk and plaza are listed on the state and national historic registers. Lake Mohawk also offers a country club with a golf course and numerous beaches and docking areas. Recognized for its quality of life, Sparta attracts newcomers to a pleasing mix of residential, service, retail, and office areas scattered throughout the township. The Route 15 corridor has attracted significant commercial growth and offers easy access to major arteries including Interstate 80. Attractive housing and vast recreational amenities create a fine balance between rural and suburban living.

 

Stanhope
Municipal Offices
Stanhope 973-347-0159
http://stanhopenj.gov

Chamber of Commerce
Newton 973-579-1811
www.sussexcountychamber.org

The small community of Stanhope Borough enjoys easy access to Interstate 80, making it an ideal setting for tranquil residential neighborhoods that are popular with commuters. The borough has attracted a number of small industries and businesses in the town center and along Route 206, and newcomers are impressed by Stanhope’s desirable village ambiance and friendliness. Superb recreational amenities are available in the surrounding township, including water sports and ice skating at Lake Musconetcong. Stanhope also preserves nearby parkland in its natural state for expanded outdoor adventures. Athletic fields, league sports, playgrounds, tennis courts, camp sites, and miles of multi-purpose trails are all available. Transportation efficiencies include bus service to New York City.

 

Vernon
Municipal Offices
Vernon 973-764-4055
www.vernontwp.com

Chamber of Commerce
Newton 973-579-1811
www.sussexcountychamber.org

Few townships in the Northeast are able to bill themselves as a “four season recreational community,” which is a modest statement for Vernon. Most of these premier recreational facilities are located off Route 94 at the Great Gorge Resort. This four-season playground encompasses an amusement center, the Vernon Valley Ski Area, a golf course, a shopping village, picnic areas, and a health spa among its many attractions. Vernon also features a portion of Waywayanda State Park and the City of Newark Watershed. Offering a genuine “vacation lifestyle” in close proximity to bustling urban centers, Vernon is one of the largest and most heavily populated of Sussex County municipalities. Many of the area’s lakefront communities swell in the summer months with a significant influx of seasonal residents and visitors. Camping, hiking, skiing, golfing, swimming, tennis clubs, athletic fields, sports leagues, and picnic areas are some of the activities and facilities for leisure hours.

 

Wantage, Sussex
Municipal Offices
Wantage 973-875-7192
www.wantagetwp.com
Sussex 973-875-4831
www.sussexboro.com

Chamber of Commerce
Newton 973-579-1811
www.sussexcountychamber.org

“Room to grow” is a good description for the sprawling township of Wantage, home to several major resources and attractions. This area features a portion of High Point State Park, the Sussex Airport, entrance paths for the Appalachian Trail, the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, and the Elias Van Bunschooten Museum. Routes 23 and 284 provide easy access to major thoroughfares for a convenient lifestyle. Sussex Borough, one of the county’s most densely populated communities, provides a contrast to the open space and undeveloped land in the township. Long-established neighborhoods along tree-lined streets blend with a quaint business district that showcases Victorian-style hotels, shops, and offices. The borough’s commercial development and expanded services add to the desirability of the township. Several major highways combine with bus service to Paterson and New York City for efficient transportation.

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